Keeping Score

Keeping score


Score, an eagle, that American Kirk Triplett made on the second playoff hole to win the Champions Tour’s Hoag Classic on Sunday. Triplett and Woody Austin, playing in the same pairing, each shot 3-under 68 in the final round and tied at 10-under 203 after 54 holes at Newport Beach (Calif.) Country Club. Both parred the first playoff hole, the par-5 18th, before they returned to the tee on the closing hole. After Triplett, 56, hit the green in two, he sank a 12-foot eagle putt to win his seventh title on the 50-and-older tour (scores).


Length, in feet, of the birdie putt that Italy’s Francesco Molinari made on the 18th hole at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Fla., as he rallied to win the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Molinari, who started the day five strokes behind, posted a bogey-free 8-under 64 to surge atop the leaderboard at 12-under 276. He finished more than 1 hour and 40 minutes ahead of the leaders and waited as the score held up for his third PGA Tour victory. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick (71) finished second at 10-under 278. Molinari, 36, of Italy, won the 2018 British Open and then compiled a 5-0-0 record in leading the Europeans to a Ryder Cup victory against the Americans in September. He is a combined 51 under par in seven appearances at Bay Hill, including three other top-10 results (scores).


Number of starts on the European Tour that Justin Harding needed for his first victory. Harding, 33, of South Africa, birdied three of his final four holes at Doha (Qatar) Golf Club to win the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Harding shot 6-under 66 for a 13-under 275 total and two-stroke victory over nine players who tied for runner-up. Harding has won five times in the past 10 months: back-to-back in May on the Sunshine Tour and then the Indonesian Open on the Asian Tour in July. Harding owns three top 10s in six starts this year on the European Tour (scores).

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